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   Scope Top

The Journal of Laboratory Physicians – is a half yearly journal starting from January 2009 (has become quarterly publication from January 2017), which entertains original communications on all aspects of biomedical research and teaching in laboratory procedures contributing to the advancement of knowledge in all sub-specialties of Diagnostic Medicine. The scope of the Journal allows publication of Original Research papers, Review articles, Recent and Novel Laboratory Procedures, Case Reports , Case Discussions, and Letters to the Editor on any aspect of Diagnostic and Laboratory Medicine including Molecualr Medicine, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Microbiology (Bacteriology, Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Parasitology and Virology), Clinical Pathology (including Chemical Pathology, Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Haematology), Immunology/ Serology including HIV/AIDS, Human and Animal Genetics, Endocrinology and Hormone Assays, Applied Biotechnology, Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Biology and other related disciplines. It shall also include topics of interest on Automation in any branch of Laboratory Medicine

The journal follows British format of English language. Readers are encouraged to write comments on papers published in the Journal in the form of “Letter to the Editor”. Case Reports and Case Discussion containing significant findings with an approach to integrate all the subspecialties will be given priority. Those who wish to contribute review articles may write to the Editor expressing their intention before hand, All papers are subjected to the internal review by the Editorial Board and again double blind peer review by experts in the field before acceptance for publication. All accepted papers are subject to editorial changes.  To meet  the printing cost a nominal fee is charged  to the authors.

   Submission of Manuscript Top

JLP will entertain only online submissions. 

   Online submission of articles Top

Articles must be submitted online from . New authors will have to register as author, which is a simple two step procedure. For online submission articles should be prepared in two files (first page file and article file). Images and copyright forms should be submitted separately.

The manuscripts should not have been submitted elsewhere simultaneously and should not have been published (except laboratory methods) earlier either partly or totally. They may be submitted elsewhere only after rejection by JLP. It is necessary that all the authors give an undertaking/copyright (in the format given at the end for hard copy submission) indicating their consent to be co-authors in the sequence indicated on the title page. Copyright forms are available online which should be printed, filled up, signed by all authors and submitted online. Hard copy is no more accepted. 

Prof. Sarman Singh, 

The Editor-in-Chief, 

Journal of Laboratory Physicians, 

Department of Laboratory Medicine, 
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 
New Delhi-110029, India. 


First page file: Prepare the title page, covering letter, acknowledgement, etc. using a word processor program. All information which can reveal your identity should be indicated here. Use text/rtf/doc/pdf files. Do not zip the files.

Article file: The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file. Do not include any information (such as acknowledgement, your names in page headers, etc.) in this file. Use text/rtf/doc/ files. Do not zip the files. Limit the file size to 400 kb. Do not incorporate images in the file. If file size is large, graphs can be submitted as images separately without incorporating them in the article file to reduce the size of the file.

Images: Submit good quality black and white or colour images. Each image should be less than 400 kb in size. Size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (keep up to 800 pixels or 4 inches). All image formats (jpeg, tiff, gif, bmp, etc.) are acceptable; but TIFF is most suitable. Do not zip the files.

Legends: Legends for the figures/images should be included at the end of the manuscript text as well as uploaded at the time of online submission.

Article processing charge:

The journal charges following fee on acceptance

Case Report, Letter to the Editor, New Horizon: US $ 130 (for overseas authors), INR 6000 (for authors from India)

How do i do it?, Original Article, Review: US $ 200 (for overseas authors), INR 10000 (for authors from India)

(As mandated by the Indian Government and based on the GST Law and procedures, Wolters Kluwer India Private Ltd, would be charging GST @18% on fees collected from Indian authors with effect from 1st July 2017. The said tax will be in addition to the prices maintained on the website to be collected from the authors and will be paid to the Indian Government..)


   Preparation of Manuscript Top


Authors are advised to consult a recent issue of the Journal or read the “Guidelines for authors” published in January issue of the current year or refer to the website , to get familiar with the format adopted with respect to various elements of a paper. Pages should be numbered consecutively and the contents arranged in the following order: Title, Name(s) of the Author(s) with highest academic qualification of each author, abbreviated (running) title, Department(s) and Institution(s), Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement, References. Abstract, Tables and Legends for figures should be typed on separate sheets and not in continuation of the main text. The name and mailing address of the author to whom requests for reprints or correspondence should be directed must be indicated. 

Original Research Papers and Review Articles

Title of the article should be short and yet sufficiently informative so as to be useful in indexing and information retrieval. It is better to restrict the title in less than 100 characters.

The abstracts should be brief (maximum 250 words) and structured (for special and original articles) to contain purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the paper. It should only highlight the principal findings and conclusions so that it can be used by abstracting services without modification. Conclusions and recommendations not found in the text of the article should not be inserted in the abstract. The abstract should be unstructured and restricted to 100 words for brief communications and case reports and 250 words for review articles. No abstract is required for articles in correspondence category.

Key Words
Up to five key words may be given for review, special, original articles and case reports. Only three key words are required for case reports. Key words are helpful for indexing purposes.

Introduction should be brief and state precisely the scope of the paper. Review of the literature should be restricted to reasons for undertaking the present study and provide only the most essential background

Materials & Methods
The nomenclature, the source of material and equipment used, with the manufacturer’s details in parenthesis, should be clearly mentioned, the procedures adopted should be explicitly stated to enable other workers to reproduce the results, if necessary. New methods may be described in sufficient detail and also indicate their limitations. Established methods can be just mentioned with authentic reference and significant deviations, if any, given with reasons for adopting them. When reporting experiments on human subjects, it should be indicated whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards on human experimentation (as per the guidelines laid down by the Central Ethical Committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research). The manuscript must state in the methods section that the study and data accumulation were carried out with approval from the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB)or institute ethical committee and that informed consent was obtained from the subjects.
When reporting experiments on animals, procedures adopted for the care and use of laboratory animals need to be mentioned. Biomedical research involving animals must conform to generally accepted principles of animal maintenance and care. The drugs and chemicals used should be precisely identified, including generic name(s), dosage(s) and route(s) of administration.
The statistical analysis done and statistical significance of the findings when appropriate should be mentioned. Unless absolutely necessary for a clear understanding of the article, detailed description of statistical treatment may be avoided. Articles based heavily on statistical considerations, however, need to give details particularly when new or uncommon methods are employed, others need to give only authentic references.

Only such data that are essential for understanding the discussion and main conclusions emerging from the study should be included. The data should be arranged in unified and coherent sequence so that the report develops clearly and logically. Data presented in tables and figures should not be repeated in the text. Only important observations need to be emphasized or summarised. The same data should not be presented both in tabular and graphic forms. Interpretation of the data should be taken up only under the Discussion and not under Results.

Long, rambling and involved discussions should be scrupulously avoided. The discussion should deal with the interpretation of results without repeating what already was presented under Results. It should relate new finding to the known ones and include logical deductions. The conclusions can be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data should be avoided. Claiming of priority on work that is ongoing should also be avoided. A hypothesis should, if warranted, clearly be labelled as such; recommendations may be included as part of the Discussion, only when considered absolutely necessary and relevant. Conclusion section, if included, it should highlight only salient features and a way forward and should not be more than 4-5 lines in length. 

Brief Report/ Short Paper:

This section is for encouraging original work, but when the work does not fulfill all parameters of the full paper. All sections and instructions remain same as for original (full) paper except that  the sections are not titled. The  number of references sis also restrcited to 15  with one table and one figure.  


   Protection of Patients' Right to Privacy Top


Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients' names from figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:

1)     Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.

2)     If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity, or a description that has obvious indication to the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.




   Case Discussion Top



This section is for encouraging the discussion and comments from experts in the field after a well worked up case is published in the journal. Recommended for description of uncommon laboratory findings and the interpretation of these findings to accomplish the rare or unusual case diagnosis. It should be divided into introduction, case history, laboratory investigations and discussion with not more than 10 references. Illustrations and tables, when included, should be limited to one each. Case reports with good documentation of all laboratory findings are preferred. Should have an unstructured abstract limited to 100 words and key words limited to 5 words



   Case reports Top

Only rare and well investigated cases are accepted for publication. Case report can be divided into sections just like case discussion. It must not exceed 750 words. References must be as few as possible and not more than 10. Illustrations and tables, when included, should be limited to one each. It should have an abstract (unstructured) limited to 100 words and key words limited to 5 words.

   Letter to the Editor Top

Addressed to the editor, it can be related to previously published articles or for presentation of preliminary, or novel results. It should be limited in length to 300 words and should be continuous without headings. It may include 2-3 paragraphs, not more than 5 references and one table or figure.

   Book reviews Top

Authors of books seeking review may submit two copies of the book to the editor. The editor invites experts in the field to submit a review of the book. Alternatively, a review may be submitted voluntarily to the editor along with a copy of the book.

   Acknowledgement Top

Acknowledgement should be brief and made for funding agencies or specific scientific assistance and not for providing routine departmental and institutional facilities. The Journal does not print acknowledgements for those who reviewed, discussed, edited, or typed a manuscript, or gave “technical,” “helpful,” “crucial,” or “moral” support or similar collegial aid to the authors. The Journal also does not publish acknowledgements of individuals who, by virtue of doing their job, contributed to the implementation of the study, e.g. secretaries, clinic coordinators, technicians, photographers, or technologists. At the request of the author, the Journal will acknowledge those who referred patients, translated references, provided extensive statistical assistance, or provided essential tissue, equipment, or other materials without which the study could not have been completed. Conflict of interest if any should also be mentioned, if none then mention must be made to that effect.

   References Top

References will not be checked in the Editorial Office. Responsibility for their accuracy and completeness lies with the author.

The total number of references should normally be restricted to a maximum of 30 for an original research article, 10 for a case discussion or case report, 15 for a brief communication and 5 for correspondence. For review articles the number of references may preferably be restricted to 50. References to literature cited in the text should be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the manuscript. In the text they should be indicated above the line (bracketed [ ] superscript). As far as possible, mentioning names of author(s) under references should be avoided in the text. Authors are required to list only references that they have read and that are pertinent to the manuscript. They should avoid quoting references in languages other than English. The commonly cited types of references are shown here, for other types of references such as electronic media, newspaper items, etc. please refer  .

Journals: The titles of the journals should be abbreviated and italicized according to the style used by the Index Medicus. The January issue of the Index Medicus may be consulted. In citing reference to research papers, names and initials of maximum of six authors followed by et al, followed by :title of the article, journal, year, volume number and first page and last page of the article.

e.g. Singh S, Gopinath K, Sankar MM, Dhanvijay AG, Saoji AM. Extensively Drug resistant Tuberculosis. Indian J Med Microbiol 2008;14:145-9 .
In press articles may be included in the text in circular brackets and not listed in the references. The name and initials of the first author and the journal (italics) should be given followed by the words -in press.

e.g. (Parikh M et al. Rapid diagnosis of tubercular menigitis. AIDS; 2007 - in press).

Books: When the book has only authors and no editor(s).

  1. Parija SC. A text book of Medical Parasitology: 1st ed. (All India Publishers and Distributors, Madras) 1996:30-34.
  2. Hamerton JL. Human cytogenetics. (New York Academic Press) 1971, Vol. II:12-18. When the reference is to author(s) who has contributed a chapter in a book edited by some one else. Miller JM, O’hara CM. Substrate utilization systems for the identification of bacteria and yeasts, Chapter 10. In: Manual of clinical Microbiology, 6th ed. Murray PR, Baron ES, Pfaller MA, Tenover FC, Yolken RH, Eds. (ASM Press, Washington DC) 1995:103.
  3. Baron EJ, Finegold SM. (Eds) Spirochetes and other spiral shaped organisms, Chapter 31. In: Bailey and Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 8th ed. (The CV Mosby Company, St. Louis) 1990:445.

Online Journals
Friedman SA. Preeclampsia: A review of the role of prostaglandins. Obstet Gynecol (serial online). January 1998; 71:22-37. Available from BRS Information Technologies, McLean. VA. Accessed on December 15, 2007.

World Wide Web
Gostin LO. Drug use and HIV/AIDS (WHO Website). June 1, 2006. Available at: Accessed on June 26, 1997.

All references given must be original and complete. Reference “cited by” and “quoted by” from other publications should not be included.

Download a PowerPoint presentation on common reference styles and using the reference checking facility on the manuscript submission site.

   Tables Top

Table should be typed separately and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.). They should bear brief title. Column headings should be short and they should have only horizontal lines. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the headings. Statistical measurement variations such as SD and SE should be numbered

   Illustrations/Images Top

The illustrations should be  numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Line drawings should be made on good quality tracing paper or Bristol board. Letters, numbers and symbols should be clear in the figures and of sufficient size, so that when reduced, they can be accommodated in single column (8.5 cm) or double (17.0 x 21.0 cm) column sizes. Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers regarding details of magnification to facilitate reduction in size. Symbols, arrows and letter used in the photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Only high quality figures/images (at least 800 pixels) are acceptable.

All published material should be acknowledged and copyright material should be submitted along with the written permission of copyright holder.

Colour illustrations will be accepted only at the author’s expense.

   Page Charges, Proof and Reprints Top

To meet the printing and to maintain the open access, there are publication charges. Besides standard charges additional charges may be asked, if the article is too lengthy or colour printing is desired.

Reprints order must be sent to the Editorial Office along with the corrected proofs, if not sent earlier, within 48 hours. Twenty Reprints of published articles (except correspondence and book reviews) will be available at Rs.1000/ - (Rupees one thousand only) to the corresponding author. For colour photographs page charges will depend on the number of photographs and will be decided by the publisher.

Corresponding authors of accepted articles are supplied printer’s galley proof and reprints order/charges for colour printing. Corrections on the proof should be restricted to printer’s errors only and no substantial additions/deletions should be made. No change in the names of the authors (by way of additions and deletions) is permissible at the proof stage.


   Undertaking Top

We, the undersigned, give an undertaking to the following effect with regard to our article entitled “_______________________” submitted for publication in the Journal of Laboratory Physicians.


  1. The article mentioned above has not been published or submitted to or accepted for publication in any form, in any other journal.
  2. We also vouchsafe that the authorship of this article will not be contested by anyone whose name(s) is/are not listed by us here.
  3. We also agree to the authorship of this article in the following sequence.

Authors Names (in sequence)        Signature of Authors with date 

1. ___________________                ___________________ 

2. ___________________                ___________________ 

3. ___________________               ___________________ 

   Important Top


  1. All the authors are required to sign independently in this form in the sequence given
  2. Each author should have generated at least part of the intellectual content of the paper.
  3. Each author should be able to defend publicly in the scientific community, that intellectual content of the paper for which he/she can take responsibility.
  4. No addition/deletion or any change in the sequence of the authorship will be permissible at a later stage, without valid reasons/permission of the Editor.
  5. If the authorship is contested at any stage, the article will not be processed for publication till the issue is resolved.

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These ready to use templates are made to help the contributors write as per the requirements of the Journal.

Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program. 
Click open the file and save as the manuscript file.

In the program keep 'Document Map' and 'Comments' on from 'View' menu to navigate through the file. 

Download Template for Original Articles/ABSTRACT Reports. (.DOT file)

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Download Template for Review Articles.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Letter to the Editor.  (.DOT file)

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